What is the first thing you will grab from your home if your house floods, catches on fire or comes tumbling down in an earthquake?
Whether your answer is the family photo album or your grandmother’s quilt, most of us wouldn’t even think of our medical and financial records, the very things we would need to rebuild our lives. And yet, who keeps their files in something so compact and portable it can be grabbed in a moment’s notice?
There are also a number of technology solutions for backing up all of your data on flash drives (can’t get more portable than that!) that are quick and practical and can be completed over a weekend. A regularly updated flash drive can be kept with your emergency supplies for a quick departure.
You probably already have a list of all your credit card numbers. This should also be kept with your vital records and you should add the PIN numbers, credit limits, and the 800 contact numbers to that list as well.
Everyone’s heard the tip about taking pictures or a video of all your possessions, but if you’re leaving in a hurry, will you take them with you? How about uploading them, along with irreplaceable family photos to one of the free online photo services like
Flickr.com, Picasa.com, Snapfish.com, or Kodakgallery.com. Then you can access them from any computer. Just be sure to set the privacy options.
Just a few quick preparations now can make a huge difference in an emergency!